The national holiday of Thanksgiving—celebrated in November in the United States and in October in Canada—is a perfect opportunity to think about gratitude. It can remind us and our families about the importance of being grateful—for the Lord as the source of life, and for one another—all year long. Continue »
I entrusted my unknown future to an all-knowing God.
After several decades in the food manufacturing industry, I rose to a position of respect and high compensation. But the year I turned fifty, my company fell on hard times. Tension began to mount in the factory, especially among those of us on the leadership team. I started to get defensive in the workplace. That’s when I realized I needed to adjust my priorities and seek God’s will for my career. Continue »
It’s easy to remember the first time that Therese complimented John in front of his mother. It was an autumn day. We had driven over a hundred miles, complete with construction detours and hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Continue »
All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, which the Church celebrates on November 2, is an opportunity to commend our loved ones to God. Continue »
A Lesson in Prayer from St. Teresa of Avila
O Lord, how true that all harm comes to us from not keeping our eyes fixed on You. . . . We meet with a thousand falls and obstacles and lose the way because we don’t keep our eyes . . . on the true way. (The Way of Perfection, 16.11) Continue »
Angels are very real—and very active, both in the heavens and on the earth
We humans are an interesting breed. Blessed as we are with a natural curiosity, we have plumbed the depths of the earth and sent satellites millions of miles into space. Continue »
In the following selections from his general audiences and addresses, Pope Francis offers encouragement, practical advice, and wisdom to the modern family. Continue »
I caught the missionary zeal of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis’ message at the canonization of Junípero Serra was clear: go forward and proclaim the joy of the Gospel. Continue »
Few public figures in modern times have grasped the imagination of the world as Pope Francis has. His charm, his sincerity, and his ability to express profound concepts in a down-to-earth way have won him the respect and attention of millions. Continue »
Words of Joy and Life
The following selections draw upon the rich vein of wisdom the pope has offered—in his writings and homilies—to the modern family, including those engaged to be married, husbands and wives, parents, grandparents, young people, and children. Continue »
What Jesus’ victory means for each and every one of us.
I was born on September 14, the Feast of the Triumph (or Exaltation) of the Cross. Perhaps this is what drew me to reflect on the cross from an early age. Continue »
We have a wonderful dignity in Christ
"I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice." (Isaiah 61:10) Continue »
God sends the heat of his love to purify and transform us.
The seven hundred acres of fields on the ranch providing feed for cattle and horses were a challenge for plow and sower and reaper. And if one of those machines broke down during the window offered by the season, it could mean losing a crop. Continue »
Every year on August 6, the church celebrates one of the most dramatic moments in the gospel, when Jesus’ first followers are given a glimpse of his heavenly glory. Continue »
We can do whatever God asks of us because Jesus has given us his divine strength.
One of the most promising—and intriguing—passages in the New Testament is this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Continue »